Posted: 11:48 am Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Could UGA challenge Alabama for nation’s No. 1 recruiting class? 

By Michael Carvell

Could UGA challenge Alabama for the nation’s top recruiting class in 2015?

That was our question for 247sports.com’s Rusty Mansell in the below video.

UGA just bumped up the nation’s No. 5 overall class after a trio of high-profile commits — one of the best seven-day stretches of “non-signing day” football recruiting in recent Bulldogs history.

You usually don’t see fireworks like this until the first week of February. Here’s a recap of UGA’s magical week of commits:

  • UGA got the big fish with Trent Thompson, the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect. Rather than drag it out to signing day for publicity like most elite recruits do, Thompson called it off early. The direct impact of Thompson on other recruits is probably being overstated, but his commitment definitely bolsters the perception that UGA’s 2015 class could be something very special. Thompson is a 5-star defensive tackle from Albany’s Westover High School.
  • UGA ripped one away from Alabama when Jonathan Ledbetter flipped from the Crimson Tide to the Bulldogs. Ledbetter is rated as the state’s No. 10 overall prospect — and if he hadn’t skipped a grade (he’s 16 years old as a senior), he’d probably be one of the nation’s top 25 prospects for next year. Jonathan’s flip completed a masterful package deal that started when the Bulldogs signed his older brother, a former Div. II basketball player, to a football scholarship this summer. Jonathan is a defensive lineman from Tucker High School.
  • UGA addressed its biggest overall need for 2015 with 4-star wide receiver Jayson Stanley. The Bulldogs now have 4-6 commits who could play wide receiver, led by 5-star Terry Godwin. UGA’s depth for big-time playmakers is so thin at wide receiver that walk-ons played pivotal roles ahead of more publicized recruits after last season’s injuries at the position. Stanley, who plays at Creekside High School, is a Georgia Tech legacy.

After the trio of commits, UGA has rocketed all the way up to the No. 5 overall spot in the national team rankings, via 247sports.com composite scores (which combines the four major recruiting services).

Could UGA challenge Alabama for the No. 1 overall spot? 247sports.com’s Rusty Mansell talks about that and more in the below video:

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1496419233001?bctid=3743400376001

274 comments
CountryFirst
CountryFirst

Lovin the SEC Network! Enjoy watching all the SEC schools...A home run!  go Dawgs!

DawghaveMange
DawghaveMange

The Georgia Beer Drinking Redneck Bulldog club must have met over the weekend.  The same ones who come on here and talk trash, make bold predictions, and puff out their chest decided to slam anyone who has an opinion that goes against the grain of the Bulldog Booster Society here at the AJC.


Talk about feeling Nervous! The Mange Nation is teetering on the edge leading up to Game Week.

With Clemson coming to town, a new Season of Heartbreak is on the horizon and the pressure is mounting on the lead disciple Mark Richt to get them to the promised land and reach the four team playoff.  


For you Georgia fans here is your game week itinerary:


Buy the gallon size of Nyquil,  the night time formula.  Call over to the Landfill, the Chicken plant, the rock quarry, or let the donation clinic know that you will not be coming to work this week or stopping by to make a deposit. 


Then go home have your wife ( your 2nd cousin you married) give you 4 doses of Nyquil an tell her to wake you up at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, just in time for you to get up, brush your tooth, put your G Baseball hat on and make it down to the Red and Black Pub to watch Texas A & M vs South Carolina on the SEC  Network, because we all know your neighbor cannot afford to buy it and with you stealing his cable means your 19 inch former  Motel reconditioned non digital Television.


But before you make it to the pub, go buy cousin Cooters House and get some of his home brew to make sure you are sloshed as your next weeks opponent lays the wood to A & M.  That has to get you even more worried after re-watching the bowl from last New Years you have enough to be worried about.


gtcaryd
gtcaryd

I think you dawgs must be all keyed up.............good grief, take a breath and get that stick out of your A$$

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

CallingOutWhiners

Maybe Carvell is writing like he does just to aggravate you , I certainly would if I was him. You know if you don't like what you read from him , you don't have to clic on his articles. Why would any mature adult continuously clic on a section of a blog just so he could find something to criticize about the author. Michael is just bring up things about  Recruiting enthusiast want to discuss. Where the article go's is up to the maturity level of the blogging participates.

DawginCO
DawginCO

Hey Whiner, this one is for you.  "Could UGA challenge Alabama for nation’s No. 1 recruiting class?".

There is the headline.  Now tell me what is offensive about it.  Come on, let's see if you can make an ounce of sense telling us why that makes you scream bloody murder.  You can't.  You can post 10 paragraphs worth of BS and not say a single thing that makes any sense in regards to why it offends you so badly.  You are a whack job, sir.  No sane person would go berserk over a simple question like that. 


I am laughing at you, Whiner.  You aren'r calling anyone out.  You are announcing yourself.  Your handle should be IAMAWHINER.  Your post broadcast it loud and clear.  Your avatar need to be a toddler in a Bama shirt sucking his thumb.  LMFAO!

DawginCO
DawginCO

@gtcaryd If the spazed out Bammers would just keep their traps shut it would be okay.  You have a bunch of children acting as if Carvell basically said that Bama sux and their Mother's are ugly.  It's the Bammers that have a stick up their arse.  We are just pointing out, just in case they might have bit of shame and step back and say "well he didn't actually say anything for us to get our panties in a wad over.  our bad."  And back the hell off.  But no, they have to act as though it's their damned duty to stand up for Bama no matter how childish we look.


I detest that just as much as it is possible.  Nothing derogatory was said at all.  That classifies a giant over reaction.  I don't know where you get the BS that the Dawg fans are all keyed up.  It's probably that GT bias seeping in there.

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Sorry, but I don't do 10-A-C recruiting news... boring... besides the color orange is not on my palette... Rusty knows...

"BELIEVE" in the G

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@C-Kirk 


Callingout  is nothing but a SNOT NOSED KID with an ego problem probably derived from his  self anointed title that he thinks makes him a little above normal, rational human beings simply because he pulls for Bama and in his BIASED opinion he knows more and what is best for all of humanity.



Fact is he couldn't find his a$$ with both hands in his hip pockets!!!!!!!!!!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@OH-IO I have a question OH-IO, i was reading yet another post from DawgGawn below and i have to ask you, can you make heads or tails out of what he says?

SECFactFinder
SECFactFinder

@DawginCO @gtcaryd 


MC has practically written everything but that over the past three years since he took over for Chip. I could care less what he writes, however like other times when he has placed opinion into an article written that is totally incorrect I will call him out on it.

I have been part of the SEC family as a student trainer, grad assit, assist and official for over 30 years and believe me when I say that I have listened to and read some really bad writers in that time. 


Wishing you and your teams the very best of the 2014 season.  Go SEC, and good luck to you all.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie And who cares if he is?  He writes for the Atlanta newspaper and the vast majority of his readership is Georgia Bulldog fans.  Sorry but that is just fact.  Get over it.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@gtcaryd  You can't be that blind, can you?  It's CallingOutWhiners.  Surely you have seen his spittle spewing rants about Carvell asking a simple hypothetical.  If not scroll down some and take a gander.  What a baby he is.

Harlemdawg
Harlemdawg

@caryd....I think he was trying to say thanks for reading the ajc...his posts especially!

DawginCO
DawginCO

@SECFactFinder  The fact is that what he has written in the past doesn't matter.  They freaked over nothing.  It's ridiculous.  And they don't have the cojones to admit it.  That's my beef.  They swarm any perceived slight to their almighty Tide.  It's pitiful.

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

4* WR out of 10-A-C will commit to the G... soon!

5* CB currently committed to another SEC school seriously thinking about flipping the G... Trenton Thompson has been recruiting him hard

5* Cece Jefferson visiting Athens Aug 30th for the Clemson game...

Chuma Edoga surrounded by Patrick, Rivers, Ledbetter and Thompson... all four recruiting him very hard...

1# recruit in the nation 5* Josh Sweat has family living in Athens Ga... between FSU, VT tOSU, Oregon and UGA

"BELIEVE" in the G

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@DawginCO @gtcaryd Went back and reread the posts from many hours ago and it all seems a little ridiculous, the only thing that bothers me is he seems to be knocking on MC. I always like MC reads.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Harlemdawg OK, sometimes it's like he is speaking in tongues. Could just be me i guess.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@gtcaryd  I don't do predictions.  That said I think the Dawgs will win.  It could actually be more of a defensive tussle than most people would think.  Clemson will be trying to find themselves offensively and of course our defense is going to be doing the same.  Their defensive front is supposed to be top shelf and our offense is pretty potent so it's strength against strength there.  I wouldn't be surprised if the total points are under 50, a far cry from the 73 last year.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@gtcaryd @DawginCO 


In a perfect world  we  A L L know that the LITTLE SNOT NOSE WHINER has zero cause to be exercising his right to freedom of speech by "knocking on MC". There is  N O T H IN G  in MC's article that would even remotely justify this juvenile's attack on MC.


Many people don't know anything but CallingOutWhiners doesn't even suspect anything!!!!!!

DawginCO
DawginCO

@gtcaryd  If MC were talking up Bama and didn't mention his beefs with Bama's roster management techniques, he'd be giving him praises.  That's sad.

I am totally at a loss as to why he was so bent of shape.  Carvell didn't even vaguely suggest Georgia is recruiting better than Bama even.  It just seems like a major over reaction.

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

@gtcaryd

Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is for believers, not for unbelievers. So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and some who do not understand or some unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind? But if an unbeliever or someone who does not understand comes in while everybody is prophesying, he will be convinced by all that he is a sinner and will be judged by all, and the secrets of his heart will be laid bare. So he will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, "God is really among you!"~ 1 Corinthians 14:22-25

"BELIEVE" in the G

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@DawginCO @gtcaryd I was surprised to here them on 680 say that yalls DL was ranked 11 in the SEC? I thought yall had 8-9 guys that you could rotate.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Snagglepuss @gtcaryd @DawginCO Let me make this perfectly clear......sounded like nixon huh? ...........I like the crap out of MC and his articles. You dawgs are just jacked up over this Clemson game. Don't worry, i think yall can take em.

Contractor1
Contractor1

Good lord, just shut up about "roster management". You're worse than a broken record with your empty mindset and logic with your posts. You're coming to the point of Dawg350 and MoistDawg. You're posting belligerently every ten seconds because you have to defend every delusional thing you say instead of your posts actually making a point, you get into arguments with everyone, and you didn't even go to Georgia and just another middle age wannabe. Life must be pathetic. Actually win and then you can have your podium.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@DawginCO @gtcaryd I thought i just said i like MC's reads, I don't have a dog in this fight. But both UGA and Bama have great recruiting classes, if UGA had won 3 recent NC's he would be comparing Bama to UGA's superior recruiting. It's all about winning with these recruits most of the time.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@gtcaryd  We will see.  They have lots of guys that can rotate and the DL was damned good last year.  But I guess the pundits just see that the defense was shaky last year and run with that.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@Contractor1 Why don't you mind your own business you juvenile twit.  I didn't say anything about it other than Carvell has made no bones about how he feels about it.


How old are you?  You act like a snot nosed single digit punk.  You had no business saying damned thing about my comment.  What I said was true.  Whiner is upset because Carvell doesn't bow at the feet of the mighty Alabama.  If he did, you'd all be singing his praises.  Get a life.  What an arrogant jerk you are.

Grant1296
Grant1296

@Contractor1 The only point you've ever made, is the one on the top of your head, Contractions..Let us know when you can beat the barn..

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Contractor1(aka COMPOSTER1) 


Did you  "ACTUALLY  WIN"  or are you just riding BAMMY'S  coat tails????

DawginCO
DawginCO

@Contractor1  Empty mindset?  That would be you sir.  Running to defend Bammy everytime someone says anything less than glowing about your idols.  Grow up.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie  What portion of that did you not get, sir?  I was merely pointing out that you Bama fans have issue with MC's candid distaste for the way Saban handles it.  It had nothing to do with my own opinion.  So you had no business saying a thing about it.  Jeezzz

DawginCO
DawginCO

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie  Then what the hell are you doing on here?  What in any of my comments classifies as staking my hopes on what he wrote?  He asked a simple question.  That's it.  You Bammers lost your fricking minds over it.